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April 29, 2013

UMass-bound Moloney living up to mound tradition at Londonderry

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As for the comparisons for Moloney. Is he the next Wilson or Finnegan or Szymanski?

“Wilson is definitely one of my pitching heroes. I absolutely looked up to him,” said Moloney, who as a sophomore was featured in an ESPN.com piece on the Giants’ World Series hero. “And I still do a lot of work with Al. But I’m just a goofy kid, who likes to pitch and have a good time.”

BRILLIANT STARTFOR WINDHAM

His troops have paid their dues and delivered the maximum effort, so Windham High baseball coach Derek Lee expected success on the diamond this spring.

“What I didn’t expect was the 10-run games and some of the easier wins,” admitted Lee, whose Jaguars have ripped off six victories in a row after dropping the opener.

“I’d say there have been two real keys. First, the commitment has been there, and so has the leadership from the upperclassmen.”

On the field, there is little the Jags haven’t done.

Juniors Adam Dolan (3-0, 1.24 ERA, 21k in 17 ip) and Jeff Peterson (2-1, 18k in 15 ip) continue their friendly battle for “ace” status on the mound. The team’s ERA now hovers at 2.33.

At the plate, the Jags now are at .314.

“We have several impact freshmen, and I credit our upperclassmen for that. They’ve welcomed those guys and treated them like upperclassmen,” said Lee.

The respect has been rewarded. First off, there has been the blazing start by Connor Moynihan, who is 7 for his first 8 with a pair of doubles and a pair of triples. Outfielder Connor Hopkins is swinging at a rock-solid .364, while Riley Magee has been a rock behind the plate and has come alive to swing it at a .318 clip, overcoming a 1 for 9 start.

At 6-1, the Jags are a definite Division 2 threat.

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